Prepped by Bethany Mangle ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: 23 Feb 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page count: 320 (print length)
My Format: eBook via NetGalley (ARC)
Cover: Attention-grabbing
Pacing: Good
Ending: Good
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy Prepped

My rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis
Always be ready for the worst day of your life.

This is the mantra that Becca Aldaine has grown up with. Her family is part of a community of doomsday preppers, a neighborhood that prioritizes survivalist training over class trips or senior prom. They’re even arranging Becca’s marriage with Roy Kang, the only eligible boy in their community. Roy is a nice guy, but he’s so enthusiastic about prepping that Becca doesn’t have the heart to tell him she’s planning to leave as soon as she can earn a full ride to a college far, far away.

Then a devastating accident rocks Becca’s family and pushes the entire community, including Becca’s usually cynical little sister, deeper into the doomsday ideology. With her getaway plans thrown into jeopardy, the only person Becca can turn to is Roy, who reveals that he’s not nearly as clueless as he’s been pretending to be.

When Roy proposes they run away together, Becca will have to risk everything—including her heart—for a chance to hope for the best instead of planning for the worst.
 

My Thoughts
My husband and I are mini-preppers. We’ve been trapped at home too many times because of ice storms, floods, and power outages not to be somewhat prepared for emergencies. So, we always make sure we have enough supplies of essentials on hand to last from several days to several weeks. Remember the great toilet paper shortage of 2020? We were just fine. I always have backup supplies of of water, toilet paper, certain medications, dry and canned foods… you get the picture. I’m not talking doomsday prepping here, but we are prepared for mini-events for sure. So, our minor prepping activities made me very interested in this book. Here are my pros and cons for Preppers:

Pros

  1. This book is about so much more than prepping! It is a family drama, a coming of age story, and a love story. It has a lot of emotion and tension and I found it be quite compelling actually. 
  2. I loved Becca! She is a sheltered, yet amazingly smart, strong, and courageous young woman.
  3. Becca’s family relationships are probably unlike any you’ve ever read about before. She has a very odd and dysfunctional family life and it was quickly understandable why Becca wanted out of it. I definitely connected with Becca because she was firmly between a rock and a hard place, and I felt sorry for her and her situation.
  4. Ms. Garcia, Becca’s physics teacher, is the mentor and friend I wish every teen could have in their life.
  5. I enjoyed the fact that although Becca hated living in the community of doomsday preppers, the survival skills Becca learned while growing up helped her out in the long run.
  6. The romance in this book is quite unique and really endearing. It isn’t your typical YA romance at all!
  7. I love that cover!
  8. The ending was frantic and messy, but ultimately satisfying and hopeful.

Cons

  1. I fear a book like this may give preppers a bad name. I would describe the community depicted in this book as a cult, rather than just preppers. This book displayed the extreme side of prepping where it becomes more of a religion rather than just preparation for emergencies. I hope readers can recognize the difference.

Summary
I don’t think I’ve read a book quite like this one before. The author does a fantastic job of pulling you deep into a world of extreme (cult-like) prepping that includes survival training, emotional detachment, strict obedience to those in charge, midnight drills, arranged marriages, and more. I’m all for preparing for emergencies at some level, but when the preparing becomes your entire life, at some point you stop living.

Written for reading age level 14 and up.

Thank you NetGalley and Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing) for providing an ebook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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